Obama’s second chance at nuclear disarmament

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record References to nuclear disarmament were nowhere to be found last week in U.S. President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. But in April 2009, less than three months after taking office for his first term, Obama delivered a seminal speech in Prague articulating his vision for a world free of nuclear weapons, leading some to …

Is a nuclear-free Middle East an achievable goal?

Cesar Jaramillo Asia, Mideast, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 4 For almost 40 years, a nuclear-weapons-free Mideast has been an aspiration of the international community The decision to convene a conference “to be attended by all States of the Middle East, on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction” (2010 …

Transparency and Accountability – NPT Reporting 2002-2012

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1995 was agreed to in the context of a collective commitment by States Parties to strengthening the Treaty’s review process and, in particular, with a heightened sense of the need for mutual accountability in the implementation and furtherance of the aims of the Treaty. In 2000 states …

Arms control beyond Earth? Talks related to space weaponization and the prevention of an arms race in outer space are not gaining traction

Cesar Jaramillo Space Security

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 3 The nature of outer space activities has changed dramatically in the more than five decades since the dawn of the space age. The end of the Cold War, the emergence of a highly profitable space services industry, and a sharp decrease in the financial and technological barriers to entry have …

Canada’s puzzling diplomatic stumbling

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record If Canada’s abrupt move to sever diplomatic ties with Iran was driven by a desire to deliver a strong, unequivocal message about how it conducts foreign policy, then mission accomplished. In case any doubt remains, let us spell it out: Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has jettisoned Canada’s hard-earned international standing as a …

Statement presented to the PrepCom for the 2015 NPT Review Conference on behalf of international civil society organizations

Cesar Jaramillo Nuclear Weapons

Statement on the shortcomings of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime presented to the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, April 30 – May 11, 2012 in Vienna. Delivered on May 2, 2012 by Cesar Jaramillo from Project Ploughshares, Canada. Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Delegates: I am pleased and privileged to address this Committee. International civil society …

The Nuclear Menace

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2011 Volume 32 Issue 4 This article first appeared in the Waterloo Region Record on Nov. 24 2011. The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear program has increased the already inflammatory rhetoric against the Islamic Republic. The West is calling for tougher sanctions while reiterating that all …

Limited rules of engagement: Even if the Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities is adopted, a significant void will remain

Tasneem Jamal Space Security

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2011 Volume 32 Issue 4 The draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities proposed by the European Union is currently undergoing international consultations and is expected to be open for signatures in 2012. If adopted, the Code will establish a set of voluntary confidence-building measures aimed at increasing transparency and responsible behaviour …

All Nuclear Weapons Must Go

Cesar Jaramillo Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s nuclear program has increased the already inflammatory rhetoric against the Islamic Republic. The West is calling for tougher sanctions while reiterating that all options — including military force — are on the table. Certainly, Iran’s lack of transparency regarding its …

A Legacy for the Taking: The time is now for Canada to make anti-nuclear history

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 A remarkable confluence of circumstances has opened up a window of opportunity for Canada to advance what is arguably the most important international security issue in history: the elimination of nuclear weapons. Not since the heyday of Canada’s contributions to peacekeeping operations and its championing of the Ottawa …